Fast growing shade trees are a frequent need for homeowners and other planning landscapes. Some of the fastest growing shade trees frequently recommended are not good additions to most landscapes, but there are many which are ideal for the job.
American Elm is a fast growing shade tree native to North America. Has a vase-shaped canopy with dark green leaves turning yellow in the fall. 60' tall and 45' wide. A cultivar variety is the Brandon Elm. It has a more compact, vase-shaped canopy and is slightly smaller reaching 45' tall and 30' wide. Both tolerates dry and wet conditions. An attractive tree for any country landscape.
Freeman maple (Acer x freemanii) Zones 4–7 A hybrid maple with brilliant red-orange fall color. Grows 75–80 feet high by 45–50 feet wide; prefers full sun and moist, well-drained soil with neutral pH. The variety 'Autumn Blaze' is very fast-growing. It reaches 50–60 feet high, with a broad oval crown 40–50 feet wide.